The Bride Wore Denim
Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys # 1
By: Lizbeth Selvig
Releasing July 21, 2015
When Harper Lee Crockett returns home to Paradise Ranch, Wyoming, the last thing she expects is to fall head-over-heels in lust for Cole, childhood neighbor and her older sister’s long-time boyfriend. The spirited and artistic Crockett sister has finally learned to resist her craziest impulses, but this latest trip home and Cole’s rough-and-tough appeal might be too much for her fading self-control.
Cole Wainwright has long been fascinated by the sister who’s always stood out from the crowd. His relationship with Amelia, the eldest Crockett sister, isn’t as perfect as it seems, and with Harper back in town, he sees everything he’s been missing. Cole knows they have no future together—he’s tied to the land and she’s created a successful life in the big city—but neither of them can escape their growing attraction or inconvenient feelings.
As Harper struggles to come to grips with new family responsibilities and her forbidden feelings for Cole, she must decide whether to listen to her head or to give her heart what it wants.
“That’s because I’m no cowboy anymore. At least most of the time.”
“Oh yeah,” she said, glad to leave talk and thoughts of Mia behind. “You have some sort of mechanic’s job now.”
“I work for a company that contracts out big-equipment mechanics to anyone who needs them. It’s not a bad fit for me during the summer. I always liked working on the equipment around here and home. I’m staying on here through the winter now, though. I left the other job early when I heard about your dad. Leif and Bjorn will need all the help they can get, and I was coming back in three weeks at the beginning of September anyhow.”
Her heart squeezed at the mention of Leif and Bjorn Thorson. Leif had been her father’s right hand man for forty years. His son Bjorn was now the best foreman any ranch owner could ask for. They were devastated by the loss of their tough, savvy boss. Harper felt worse for them than she did for herself.
“You’re a good guy, Cole. It can’t be easy for you to come back since the Double Diamond was sold.”
He shook his head. “I was really angry at first. But not at your father like you might think. He did my dad a favor by buying him out so we didn’t have to sell to developers. But I was furious at my father for giving up. For selling off our legacy.”
“And still, you came back to work for the enemy.”
“I got over it. I understand what happened to the Double Diamond, and my father made the only choice he could. But I won’t lie. I’m not letting it out of my sight, and I’ll stick around until I can get it back. I’m damn close, Harpo. I’d almost convinced Sam he didn’t really want to keep that little piece of property.”
“It is a gorgeous hunk of land.”
“The Double Di was in my family as long as Paradise has been in yours. I’d like to be the one to restore the legacy.”
“Out of four tries and six children my dad didn’t get a son, or even a daughter, who wants this place as much as your father’s one child wants his. You lost yours to our passel of ingrates.”
“I wasn’t going to say it.”
“Hey.” She frowned. “You’re not supposed to agree with me.”
“Hey,” he echoed. “This is an astounding legacy you girls walked away from.”
She ignored the slight, sudden tension. “C’mon, Cole. You know how he was. It was impossible to fall in love with a place that was run like a cross between boarding school and a tough-love boot camp for delinquents.”
“I do admit, your father was the nicest asshole I’ve ever known.”
The accurate oxymoron drew rueful laughter from Harper, and the tension dissipated. “Yeah. And nobody said that out loud at the service did they?”
“Funerals aren’t for honesty. You know that. And Sam was a good man. He wasn’t cruel.”
“Just obsessed,” she said.
“Exacting. Demanding.” He nodded.
“Arrogant.” Harper sighed. “He chose Amelia to take over, but in truth I think he had his best chance at an heir with Raquel. He lost her when the other two triplets left. She wasn’t about to stay here alone. Besides, my father’s hired workers always did better dealing with his rigidness than we did.”
“If you did your job around him, showed a little initiative, based on his standards of course, he left you alone,” Cole said. “On the other hand, look what he built because of those standards. This place is spectacular. The man was brilliant.”
“He was that.”
Lizbeth Selvig writes fun, heartwarming contemporary romantic fiction for Avon books. Her debut novel, The Rancher and the Rock Star, was released in 2012. Her second, Rescued By A Stranger is a 2014 RWA RITA® Award nominee. Liz lives in Minnesota with her best friend (aka her husband), a hyperactive border collie named Magic and a gray Arabian gelding named Jedi. After working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son, Lizbeth entered Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® contest in 2010 with The Rancher and the Rock Star (then titled Songbird) and won the Single Title Contemporary category.
In her spare time, she loves being a brand new grandma to Evelyn Grace as well as to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and play with her four-legged grandchildren, of which there are nearly twenty, including a wallaby, an alpaca, a donkey, a pig, a sugar glider, and many dogs, cats and horses (pics of all appear on her website http://www.lizbethselvig.com). She loves connecting with readers—contact her any time!
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